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!Salvatore Family

[[folder: Lily Salvatore]]
!!Lillian 'Lily' Salvatore
->'''Portrayed by''': Annie Wersching

->''"You have no idea what devastation feels like. But you will. Because I am going to find a way to get my people back. No matter what it takes."''

Stefan and Damon's mother. Lily died of consumption in 1858. In Season Six, it is revealed Lily actually became a vampire. She eventually became a Ripper vampire like Stefan was. Lily was imprisoned in a Prison World by the the Gemini Coven of witches on October 31, 1903.

* AxCrazy: She was driven crazy from being trapped in the prison world and this is made worse by her desire to reunite with the Heretics.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* TheDeterminator: In Season 6, Lily is determined to bring the Heretics, who she sees as her true family rather than Stefan and Damon, back from the 1903 prison world at any cost.
** Again in Season 7, when she also trying to get back Julian, the love of her life.
%%* EvilIsPetty
* HeelFaceTurn: She turns against Julian when it is revealed what he did to Valerie and her unborn child, siding with her sons and the Heretics who sided with her against him.
* HeroicSuicide[=/=]SenselessSacrifice: She stakes herself under the assumption that she is still linked to Julian in an attempt to kill him to save her sons but then he reveals that he unlinked them meaning she killed herself for nothing.
* IronLady: Lillian comes off as very controlling, stoic and stern. She is also very cold and unloving towards her own sons, although she does come around to loving and accepting her sons as her family later on.
* KilledOffForReal: Dies when she stakes herself believing she was still linked to Julian in an attempt to kill him.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother, Like Son]]: Her youngest son Stefan is a Ripper just like her and it seems that she passed on the "Ripper gene" onto Stefan.
%%* KnightTemplar
* MamaBear: Was this to Stefan and Damon before her death in the nineteenth century. Too bad not anymore.
* MissingMom: Stefan and Damon initially thought their mom died from tuberculosis in 1858. Turns out she was actually a vampire trapped in a Prison World of 1903 constructed by the Gemini witches.
* MysteriousPast: Her sons knew nothing of her life after she became a vampire and believed her to be dead for centuries.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: As stated, she turns against Julian after finding out what he did to Valerie and attempts to kill him by staking herself. On her death bed she apologizes to Stefan and Damon and for her actions and abandoning them.
* ParentalAbandonment: When Lily first became a vampire she actually came home to her sons. To her horror, when she came upon a sleeping Stefan she was tempted to [[HorrorHunger feed on him]]. So she decided to leave her family to protect them from a dangerous vampire.
* ThatManIsDead: As Lily grew closer to the Heretics throughout their imprisonment in 1903, she became more fond of them, that overtime she began to consider them her family. She admits to Damon the mother he knew her once wasn't able to reconcile with the person she was becoming.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: When she is dying from staking herself and is apologizing to her sons, Damon refuses to forgive her for her suggesting to Kai to curse Elena by linking her life to Bonnie resulting in her being in a magical coma until Bonnie dies.
* UndyingLoyalty: She has this towards her surrogate family the Heretics and to Julian, but her loyalty to Julian is severed when it is revealed what he did to Valerie centuries ago.

[[folder:Giuseppe Salvatore]]
!!Giuseppe Salvatore
->'''Portrayed by''': Creator/JamesRemar

->''"These creatures are of the darkest parts of hell...they must be destroyed!"''
* AbusiveParent: See KnightTemplar.
* ActionDad: Involved amidst all of the vampire action.
* AggressiveCategorism: Giuseppe has an IrrationalHatred towards all vampire and sees them all as abominations.
* TheAlcoholic: Stefan mentions how after his mother died, Giuseppe became a heavy drinker.
* BloodKnight: Giuseppe is always eager to kill and eradicate as many vampires as possible.
* TheChessmaster: Giuseppe is very manipulative.
* ControlFreak: Giuseppe was very controlling and authoritarian by nature.
%%* DirtyCoward
* DrowningMySorrows: After Giuseppe's wife died, he used alcohol as a coping mechanism for his grief.
* FantasticRacism: Giuseppe has a hatred against vampires.
* TheFundamentalist: A non-religious example. Giuseppe strongly believed that all vampires are evil and incapable of any good.
* GentlemanAndAScholar
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Giuseppe tries to stake Stefan as a vampire, but instead, Giuseppe ends up fatally wounded after he was staked by the same stake that he was going to use to kill his own son.
* IrrationalHatred: Towards all vampires.
* {{Jerkass}}: BIG TIME.
* KarmicDeath: Giuseppe ends up being killed by his own son Stefan, who happens to be a vampire, the one thing that he hunts and despises.
* KilledOffForReal: After rejecting Stefan for siding with the vampires, he tried to stake him with a wooden stake that he broke off himself, but he was thrown aside with the impact of Stefan's unexpected vampire strength and accidentally stabbed himself with the stake.
* KnightTemplar: Killed his own sons for trying to help a vampire escape.
** KnightTemplarParent: He is very ruthless and authoritarian towards his sons.
* ManipulativeBastard: Extremely cunning and manipulative.
* OverprotectiveDad: Especially over Stefan.
* PapaWolf: Very protective of his sons, especially Stefan.
* ParentalFavoritism: For Stefan, whom he admired for being studious and responsible while he believed his eldest son Damon was irresponsible and lacked any sense of direction.
* ThePatriarch: Of the Salvatore family.
* PosthumousCharacter
* {{Protectorate}}: As a member of one of the Founding Families of Mystic Falls, Giuseppe had a duty to protect the town of Mystic Falls from vampires.
* SharpDressedMan: Always well dressed and well put together.
* TheStoic: Doesn't show emotion and is very stern.
* VampireHunter: Hunts vampires and sees them as an abomination.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: See KnightTemplar.

[[folder: Sara Nelson]]
!!Sara Nelson (born Sara Salvatore)
->'''Portrayed by''': Tristin Mays

->''"This is why I don't go to the Animal Shelter"''
Daughter of Zach Salvatore, Sara is the only living member of the Salvatore bloodline.

* BackForTheDead: Returns in season 8 and gets killed by Sybil in the one episode she appears in.
* CharacterDeath: Stabbed by Sybil and dies in front of Stefan in season 8.
* ButNotTooBlack: Justified. Her father was white while her mother was black.
* MoralityPet: To Enzo.
* NiceGirl: Lampshaded by Enzo.
* LongLostRelative: Inverted. Stefan knows about her, she just doesn't know about him.
%%* HappilyAdopted
* ShipTease: With Matt.
%%* SassyBlackWoman/SassyBlackGirl
* TwoferTokenMinority: Of her own family. She's the only woman and she's biracial.

[[folder: Zach Salvatore]]
!!Zach Salvatore
->'''Portrayed by''': Chris William Martin

->''"Blood only runs so deep when you're related to vampires."''
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Right now nobody seems aware of his death besides Stefan, Damon, and Elena.
* KilledOffForReal: By Damon.
* NeckSnap: How Damon killed him.
%%* OnlySaneMan
* TooDumbToLive: Despite Stefan telling how dangerous it is to see Damon, he still sees to it to go and taunt him, which almost gets him killed.
* UnfazedEveryman: He was a human distant nephew who lived with Stefan and Damon initially.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Dies after five episodes in season 1.

!Gilbert Family

[[folder: John Gilbert]]
!!John Gilbert
->'''Portrayed''': by David Anders

->''"You know, Jeremy, I was taught to hate them, the vampires. Itís what I know. Itís what your father knew."''
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Grayson.
* AntiVillain: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Type III]].
* BigBad: Of season one.
** BigBadDuumvirate: With Richard Lockwood in season one. While Lockwood was the leader of the Founders Council, John is seen and treated as the main antagonist and outlives Lockwood.
%%* BlackSheep
%%* TheChessmaster
* CoolUncle[=/=]EvilUncle: To Jeremy. He's also Elena's biological father. Though Jeremy stops thinking of him like this when he kills his girlfriend.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DragonInChief: See BigBadDuumvirate.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Isobel and John are working for Katherine and they are planning to kill the tomb's vampires. Unofficially, their goal is to kill the Salvatore brothers and save Elena from suffering in a life filled with vampires.
* HeroicSacrifice: After Klaus killed Elena, John sacrificed himself to bring her back to life as a human.
%%* {{Jerkass}}: Graduated to..
%%** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KilledOffForReal: While making a HeroicSacrifice to save Elena from becoming a vampire.
* KnightTemplar
** KnightTemplarParent: To Elena.
* LukeIAmYourFather: He's Elena's birth father.
%%* ThePatriarch
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: He sacrificed himself to save Elena.
* SenselessSacrifice: Sacrificing his life to resurrect Elena without her having to turn into a vampire ends up being for nothing when she dies with vampire blood in her system in the season 3 finale and she completes the transition in the season 4 premier becoming a vampire.
%%* SmugSnake
%%* VampireHunter
* WellIntentionedExtremist: See HeWhoFightsMonsters.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Pretty much everyone but Richard hates him.

[[folder:Grayson & Miranda Gilbert]]
!!Grayson Gilbert & Miranda Sommers Gilbert
->'''Portrayed''': by Jason Macdonald and Erin Beute

Grayson and Miranda were Elena and Jeremy's mom and dad. Grayson was also John Gilbert's older brother and the town doctor of Mystic Falls.
Grayson and Miranda were both members of the Town Council and thus knew about vampires.

Grayson and Miranda were both killed in a car accident going off Wickery Bridge before the start of the series. It's later revealed that Grayson and Miranda were actually Elena's biological uncle and aunt making Jeremy her cousin.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Miranda was this with Kelly Donovan and Liz Forbes when she was alive.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: In season 5, Grayson is revealed to have been apart of the Augustine Society and participated in the torture and experimentation on vampires.
* HeroicSacrifice: Grayson gestures to Stefan to rescue Elena instead of himself when they are drowning underwater when the car crashed resulting in his death as Stefan only had enough time to save one of them.
* {{Posthumous Character}}s: Before the beginning of the series, Grayson and Miranda drowned after their car fell off of Wickery Bridge and into the lake.
* {{Secret Keeper}}s: As members of the council they knew of the existence of vampires and the supernatural and kept the information secret from their children and the town.


[[folder:Johnathan Gilbert]]
!!Johnathan Gilbert
->'''Portrayed''': by Joe Knezevich

Elena and Jeremy's ancestor who was part of the vampire round up in Mystic Falls in 1864.
* KnightTemplar: He was a member of one of the Founding Families that hunted vampires along with Giuseppe Salvatore and Barnette Lockwood.
* MadScientist: He invented the Gilbert device, the Gilbert rings, and the Gilbert compass. Though they were actually just spelled by Emily.
* PosthumousCharacter: Has been dead for centuries.
* SanitySlippage: Driven insane by the Gilbert ring.


!Bennett Family

[[folder:Sheila Bennett]]
!!Sheila 'Grams' Bennett
->'''Portrayed by''': Jasmine Guy

->''"I am not Bonnie. You don`t wanna mess with me."''
%%* CoolOldLady
* CoolTeacher: She taught at Whitmore before she died.
* KilledOffForReal: The effort for breaking the spell sealing the vampires in the tomb to release Stefan and Damon had greatly weakened her. She died not much time later.
* TheMentor: to Bonnie.
** MentorOccupationalHazard: See KilledOffForReal.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Look at the quote.
* SassyBlackWoman: She was very strong-willed.

[[folder:Abby Bennett]]
!!Abby Bennett
->'''Portrayed by''': Persia White

->''"Your grams is way better at this stuff than I am."''
* BlackBestFriend: To Elenaís mother, Miranda.
* HotWitch: Used to be this before Damon turned her into a vampire.
* MissingMom: To Bonnie.
* NeckSnap: How Damon kills her and she transitions into a vampire.
* ParentalAbandonment: She abandoned Bonnie when Mikael came to town many years ago and imprisoning him takes away all her magic resulting in her never going back to her family.

[[folder:Rudy Hopkins]]
!!Rudy Hopkins
-> Portrayed by Rick Worthy

Rudy Hopkins was the mayor of Mystic Falls, the ex-husband of Abby Bennett Wilson and the father of Bonnie Bennett.
* BaldOfAwesome: Well he's bald.
* CallBack: He later goes through with Bill Forbes's plan of putting vervain in the water supply.
* TheGhost: Spends three and a half seasons being unseen until season 4.
* KilledOffForReal: By Silas who slits his throat.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Just like her friends, he was unaware that Bonnie was dead as Jeremy was sending texts and messages to make it look like she was still alive. He was still unaware at the moment of his death.
* OverprotectiveDad: The moment he arrives in town and becomes mayor, he attempts to keep Bonnie away from her vampire friends and stop her from using magic even to help them. Though justified by the fact that he didn't want her to get killed by vampires and he was afraid that her using magic would make her end up like her mother who lost her powers and eventually ended up getting turned into a vampire and abandoned her family before that because of her witch duties.
* {{Muggle}}: Minor human character on the show and died as a human as well without ever being turned into a vampire.

!Forbes Family

[[folder:Liz Forbes]]
!!Sheriff Elizabeth 'Liz' Forbes
->'''Portrayed by''': Marguerite [=MacIntyre=]

Liz was the sheriff of Mystic Falls and a member of the Founder's Council. She was the ex-wife of late fellow Founder's Council member Bill Forbes, who came out as being gay, and mother of Caroline. She initially struggled to accept Caroline's identity as a vampire given her prejudices, but in time she learned to love her daughter for who she is.
* ActionMom: She's a cop and an efficient vampire hunter.
* AccidentalMurder: She accidentally killed Jeremy when she shoots at Damon and he dodges the bullet hitting Jeremy. Bonnie is forced to have the witch ancestors bring him back since Liz wasn't a supernatural creature meaning that the Gilbert ring wouldn't bring him back.
* BadassNormal: She is a human with no supernatural powers.
* BigDamnHeroes: When, in Season 3, Caroline is kidnapped and tortured by her father to try and suppress her vampirism, Liz (and Tyler) burst in and save the day.
%%* {{Determinator}}
* HeelRealization: She has this when she accidentally kills Jeremy when she was trying to kill Damon and after this she accepts Caroline for what she is.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Bill Forbes, her husband and father to Caroline left her when he came out as a homosexual.
* KilledOffForReal: Succumbs to cancer in Season 6.
* KnightTemplar: She was relentless in killing vampires and when finding out Damon and Caroline are vampires she tortures Damon to find out about the others and later attempts to kill Caroline.
** KnightTemplarParent: To Caroline.
* MamaBear: Sheriff Forbes has a strained relationship with her daughter, but she cares for her well-being. When Caroline gets drunk at the Mystic Grill, she arrests the bartender for not checking the [=IDs=] properly (unaware that Lexi had used compulsion on him). She later fights against other supernatural creatures and will also cover up murders done by her vampire friends to protect her daughter.
* OddFriendship: Has this with Damon before finding out he's a vampire and even after finding out Damon shows that he legitimately considers her his friend by not killing her like he did with her deputies. She generally starts seeing him as a friend when she accepts her daughter as a vampire and that not all vampires are evil and they later become best friends.
** Damon is also distraught when she dies from cancer and gives a eulogy at her funeral.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When she was able to accept that her daughter Caroline is a vampire, she becomes this and by also helping the Salvatore brothers and her other friends with the supernatural problems of the town.
* VampireHunter: Used to be one.
* VillainousBSOD: The first time she finds out Caroline is a vampire
* WellIntentionedExtremist: She is at first this when she is hunting and killing vampires because as far as she knew they were all evil and she was protecting the town by killing them before they can kill anyone else. This attitude towards vampires results in her trying to kill her own daughter when finding out she was turned into one.

[[folder:Bill Forbes]]
!!Bill Forbes
->'''Portrayed by''': Jack Coleman

William "Bill" Forbes II was a Mystic Falls resident who returned to point out all the failings of the current Councilís attempts to keep vampires out of town, after discovering that his daughter, Caroline, is one of them.
* BadassGay: He is a badass vampire hunter who came out to his family years ago.
* BadassNormal: He is a human with no supernatural powers, until he's murdered with the vampire blood still in his system. However he refuses to feed to complete the transition and dies.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathEqualsRedemption: He accepts that Caroline is a vampire and spends his final moments with her as he is dying from not completing the transition.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: When killed with vampire blood in his system and left with the choice to either become a vampire or die, he chose the latter without hesitation, and uses his remaining time to reconcile with his daughter and ex-wife, waiting calmly for his death.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: The only reason that we know that he is gay, is because people keep saying that he is, not because he ever kisses men or anything. Even then he only mentions his off-screen boyfriend once when Caroline asks about him.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He believes he can make Caroline change what she is, despite the fact that he is a homosexual. Weirdly enough, he also ''averts'' this trope regarding his conviction that vampirism and cheating death are wrong, as seen in the FaceDeathWithDignity entry.
* ImmuneToMindControl: The only known human character so far who can actually NoSell a vampire's compelling without relying on vervain.
* IncompatibleOrientation: He left his wife Liz when he came out as a homosexual.
* KarmicTransformation: Subverted and defied; he is killed with vampire blood in his system, but refuses to complete his transformation and lets himself die instead.
* KilledOffForReal: By Alaric (while he was taken over by The Darkness), who stabbed him to death and cut his throat while having vampire blood in his system.
* KnightTemplar: Remorseless in killing vampires and though he doesn't kill his daughter who became a vampire, he is willing to torture her to make her not be like other vampires.
** KnightTemplarParent: To Caroline.
* StraightGay: He is not stereotypical and as stated the only reason you know he is gay is because the other characters talk about him being so and that he left Liz when he came out.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He comes back to town when he finds out that Caroline is a vampire and his intention is to teach her how to control her vampire nature, but his methods on teaching her are to torture her with sunlight and starving her to force her to resist the temptation to feed off a people. Also like other members of the founding families he hunts and kills vampires to protect the town.

!Donovan Family

[[folder:Kelly Donovan]]
!!Kelly Donovan
->'''Portrayed by''': Melinda Clarke.
%%* AdultsAreUseless
* AlcoholicParent: She spends most of her time getting drunk and partying and neglecting Matt because of this.
* GenerationXerox: She is basically an adult Vicki.
* LadyDrunk: Practically a poster child of this trope.
* MissingMom: To Matt and Vicki.
* MrsRobinson: She made out with both Damon and Tyler.
* PutOnABus: After a few episodes, Matt tells her to leave after she gets drunk and catching her hooking up with his friend Tyler.
* WackyParentSeriousChild: Played straight with Matt, averted with Vicki.
* {{Womanchild}}: Matt is more of a parent to her than she is to him.

[[folder: Peter Maxwell]]
!!Peter Maxwell
->'''Played By''': Joel Gretsch

Peter is Matt and Vicki Donavan's father and he abandoned his family a long time ago. He is shocked when Matt walks back into his life to reconnect ó and to drags him into a world of supernatural dangers.
* TheAtoner: He is trying to make it up to Matt for abandoning him and the family years ago.
* DisappearedDad: He abandoned his family when he left Mystic Falls years ago.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: When he lived in Mystics Falls he was unaware of the existence of vampires and doesn't learn of this until Damon shows up.
* TheReveal: He is revealed to be Matt's father in his debut episode. This also makes him Vicki's father.


!Lockwood Family
[[folder:Richard Lockwood]]
!!Mayor Richard Lockwood
->'''Portrayed by''': Robert Pralgo.
* AbusiveParents: To Tyler.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With John Gilbert in season one. He was the leader of the Founders Counciel, but Gilbert was the DragonInChief
* HairTriggerTemper: Clearly Tyler inherited this trait from his father. Though, both having the werewolf gene doesn't hurt either.
* {{Jerkass}}: He has a temper and he openly flirts with other women despite being married.
* KarmicDeath: Is trapped in a basement with vampires he helped trap. One of them [[NeckSnap breaks his neck]].
* KilledOffForReal: Killed when a vampire snaps his neck.
* KnightTemplarParent: To Tyler.
* MeaningfulName: ''Richard'' , both in the fact that the family is a wealthy and he's a dick.
* YourCheatingHeart: Despite being married, he shamelessly flirts with Pearl.


[[folder:Carol Lockwood]]
!!Carol Lockwood
->''"You know, if you`re going to bring a girl home I wish she`d have the tact not to sneak out like a prostitute."''
->'''Portrayed by''': Susan Walters.

%%* ActionMom
%%* ActionSurvivor
%%* BadassNormal
%%* TheDeterminator
%%* GenreSavvy
%%* GoodParents
* KilledOffForReal: Carol is drowned by Klaus as revenge for Tyler's attempt to immobilize him.
%%* IceQueen
%%* IronLady
%%* KnightTemplar
%%* KnightTemplarParent
%%* MamaBear
* {{Muggles}}[=/=][[MuggleBestFriend]]: To Tyler, who is a werewolf.
%%* ProperLady
* RichBitch: Especially in Season 1. She mellows out a little after Richard dies.
%%* SilkHidingSteel
* StepfordSmiler: In season one, while being locked in a hostile relationship with her husband, Richard.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Especially during her time as the Mayor.

[[folder:Mason Lockwood]]
!!Mason Lockwood
->'''Portrayed by''': Taylor Kinney

->''"Oh, what am I? I apologize. Iím an animal."''
* AgentScully: Plays up his reputation as a skeptic, but he knows for a fact that there's more out there.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Richard.
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: When he was first confronted by Damon, he made it clear he had no intention of being the Salvatore's enemy and would rather mind his own business. Damon tried to kill him regardless, resulting in him actively trying to get the two brothers killed. Partially subverted when it's revealed he was working for Katherine anyway; his mission just didn't involve harming them.
* BackFromTheDead: In season 3 he appears as a ghost to Damon in order to hurt him, but also help him find a way to defeat Klaus, in order to help his nephew, who Klaus turned into a hybrid.
%%* BlackSheep
* BlatantLies
-->'''Tyler:''' Your eyes, they glowed... what was that?
-->'''Mason:''' Reflection. Off car headlamps.
* ChickMagnet[=/=]TheCasanova: According to Jenna.
* CoolUncle: To Tyler. He is sexy, athletic and possesses an easygoing charm.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: He says this word for word.
* DumbMuscle: He seems to have no idea that Katherine compelled his best friend to attack him and seemingly didn't know that he was compelled at all.
* KickTheDog: While you can't really blame him for trying to get the Salvatore killed after Damon [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant tried to kill him]], he really had ''no'' good reason to threaten Caroline with revealing her vampiric nature to her mother.
* KilledOffForReal: By Damon.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: He loved Katherine and had no idea she was just using him.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The first werewolf character to be introduced in the show. He also serves as the example to establish how this universe's version of the werewolves work.
%%* SurferDude
%%* TallDarkAndHandsome
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
* UnwittingPawn: Of Katherine.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He dies after a few episodes in season 2.